shrubber85 (11570) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle (Bob’s 1st Ale). Sour milk, nutty toffee malt, and fresh hay aroma. Amber with large off-white head. Moderately sweet nutty toffee malt and mildly bitter fresh hay flavor. Okay body. A decent, straight-forward beer. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2002
This beer rocks.
Although the brewer classifies this as an Irish Red Ale, I believe that it is one of the very best(and very malty)brown ales out there. If it looks like a nut brown, tastes like a nut brown and smells like a nut brown...it's a freakin' nut brown. Go buy a case if you can still find one. I hear they might be more or less replacing this beer with their Humble Patience. A shame. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
Pours dark brown, with a good head and continued lacing. Aroma of malt, toffee, and brown sugar. Tastes very malty, with a slight hop presence. Finished smooth, with a malt, slight caramel finish. Nice beer. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2003
Luscious but somewhat watery, creamy body from which oozes citrus and pine hops...Baby cherries and miscellaneous drowning fruit dwell in stagnant toffee puddles...Patience is a virtue, but I prefer a bit more substance and motion in my everyday moments... DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks to Robotopera for sharing from his mix-pack. Clear brown-red color, foamy one-finger head. Little lace. Rich aroma, creamier texture, carbonation a bit strong. Moderate spice. Sort of sweet. Decent, moderate-length aftertaste. Not terribly drinkable or sessionable, though. One of the better and more interesting Irish Reds I’ve had, but still not all that great or interesting. I think I’m just not really a fan of the style.
czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
on tap at brewpub. copper-red, decent light beige head, retention, some lacing. roasted malts and fruitiness, earthyness, light but present acidity, light to medium grassiness and citrus. average carbonation, light to medium body. nice. drowland (8939) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
8/11/11. 12oz bottle. Dark brown pour, clear red under light, with a small off-white head that fades fast with no lace. Roasted caramel aroma with a touch of coffee and selzter water. Fairly decent flavor of caramel, roasted malts, some floral aspects, and a touch of coffee, but it seems watered down and a bit over carbonated. Could be worse, I suppose. PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Very earthy to sum it up. Dark ice tea colored pour with a thin off white head - fair amount of lacing. Hard to place aroma, pleasant - traces of coffee, caramel and an unidentified sweet fruit. Mouthfeel - stays on the tongue too long with the bitterness. Flavor has elements of chocolate, piney hoppiness and nuts. A nice diversion and a style I have not had that much experience with. jonas (7985) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2005
A bit tollhouse cookie dough aroma.
Red brown, low brown creamy head.
A tiny bit of roast and chocolate, but quite diluted.Watery body.
Ernest (7790) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Head is initially average, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (orange, flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly metallic.